Friday, 8 August 2014

Charity Aikido Event, North Devon, September 2014

If you are interested in Aikido and you can make it to Bideford, North Devon, this September (Saturday, the 20th), please come along and support the Aiki Peace Week Workshop in support of Macmillian Cancer Care. There will be four teachers (maybe more) and the topics taught will cover everything from ken and jo to knife defences and the application of yin and yang in Aikido and Daily Life. Everyone is welcome, no matter what style or school of Aikido you follow. The poster is shown below. For up to date information, be sure to visit Sensei Small's Bideford Aiki-jo site which carries all the latest details of this event.


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Aikido, Aiki-Jo and Aiki-Peace

A reminder that there is no class this Monday (as it's the first Monday of the month), but once again we have a special Aiki-weapons workshop with Sensei Small at 7:30 on Tuesday (everyone welcome - please bring bokken and jo).

Also, Sensei Small's Bideford Aiki-jo web site now has some advance information on the special Aiki-Peace-Week event which takes place on the 20th of September. To keep up to date with this (and other) forthcoming events, be sure to visit Sensei Small's Events page.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Is it Magic, or is it Aikido?

Derren Brown is a man who meddles with people's minds. In one of his TV shows he apparently made a young woman 'unliftable'. Well, so it seems. In Ki Aikido we have a number of training exercises in which we too become seemingly unliftable.

In the 19th Century a certain lady who went by the name of Annie May Abbott, but was more popularly known as the “Georgia Magnet” performed a series of amazing stunts in music halls which included, among other things, her 'supernatural' ability to increase her weight at will so that strong men could not lift her. Now whether the Georgia Magnet was using the same method as Derren Brown and whether either of them used the same method as we use in Aikido I cannot say. All I can say for sure is that, by mastering a few arts of relaxation and body control, almost anyone could create the same effect.

In fact, I wrote an article about The Georgian Magnet and the Aikido 'unraisable body' method for the benefit of some magician friends some years back. If you are interested, you can read it here:
http://www.magicbunny.co.uk/tophat/issue9.pdf

Meanwhile, this is the Derren Brown version...

Friday, 4 July 2014

Aiki weapons workshop next Tuesday

Just a reminder that there is no aikido class on Monday (7th July) but Sensei Small will be teaching an aiki-weapons class on Tuesday (8th July) at 7:30.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Memories of Koichi Tohei, David Currie and Aikido in Italy

I just came across a batch of old photos that I hadn't seen in years. These are of the visit our Aikido Club made in 1987 to Florence, Italy (see here) to study at a seminar with Koichi Tohei Sensei. Great memories...  if anyone who was there happens to see this blog post, please get in touch. And if you have more photos, well, I'd love to see them!

Me posing as a white belt (I think I was brown belt at the time?)

Dermot (still to be found at the Hartland Club). He had only recently started aikido but decided to come along anyway - a wise choice as this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

My teacher, David Currie (foreground left, smiling at camera) and his wife Sue alongside. Various other old aikido chums (Maurice at centre back, Dennis, looking at camera on right). Happy days!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Hartland Aikido Club T-shirt!

The Hartland Aikido Club now has a T-shirt! If you'd like to order one, talk to Sensei Huw when you come along to class....

Friday, 30 May 2014

Kumi-jo Aikido Workshop in Bucks Cross

Sensei Small (4th dan Iwama) will be teaching a kumi-jo workshop at the Hartland Aikido Club in Bucks Cross Village Hall (between Bideford and Bude) on Tuesday June 3rd. There will be no class on Monday June 2nd. Everyone is welcome to attend Sensei Small's workshop. If you practise with some other Aikido club, you will be very welcome - so please come along and join us for the evening. The class starts at 7:30.